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by Jennifer
Yesterday, 23:43
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8037
Views: 337505

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

That really reminds me, in reverse, of the Exit to Eden adaptation. The book by Anne Rice (which I admit I haven't read) involves a guy who goes to a BDSM resort and his resulting relationship with the dominatrix who runs it. The director grafted on a (very vaguely ) comedic plot involving a pair o...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 22:48
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8037
Views: 337505

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I saw old live-action Flintstones movie starring John Goodman, and it was disappointing but in the exact opposite way I expected: you'd think a live-action cartoon, especially one drawn as deliberately crude as the Flintstones, would have a hard time recreating the visuals, but coming up with a sui...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 06:05
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"
Replies: 8037
Views: 337505

Re: The son of "What the hell are YOU staring at?"

I saw old live-action Flintstones movie starring John Goodman, and it was disappointing but in the exact opposite way I expected: you'd think a live-action cartoon, especially one drawn as deliberately crude as the Flintstones, would have a hard time recreating the visuals, but coming up with a suit...
by Jennifer
16 Jan 2020, 18:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The Natural Environment
Replies: 59
Views: 3789

Re: The Natural Environment

Reviving an ancient thread rather than start a new one (because I am a thrifty sort): a couple months ago I was watching a geology documentary about sinkholes and the landscapes where they are prone to form (including lots of horrifying footage of homes vanishing into holes in Florida). The document...
by Jennifer
14 Jan 2020, 18:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Twitter!
Replies: 3162
Views: 184754

Re: Twitter!

[Sigh] Point the first: when I, personally, "seek out art" -- whether that means "buying something decorative for my home" or "deciding what movie or show to watch" or "which book to read" or anything else, my goal is not to "promote diversity" (that's something I do in other contexts); it's to find...
by Jennifer
14 Jan 2020, 18:22
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4205
Views: 193009

Re: When journalism goes bad

Also, for all the historical background, she neglected to mention that one major reason the 19th-century temperance movement was so especially popular with American women was because they were basically using it as a roundabout way to tackle a very real legal and social problem: if you were a marrie...
by Jennifer
14 Jan 2020, 18:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4205
Views: 193009

Re: When journalism goes bad

This article just keeps getting better and better all the way until the penultimate paragraph, about how Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig doesn’t realize that exactly who she is is an enemy of fun: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/01/why-there-no-anti-alcohol-movement/604876/ She's also clue...
by Jennifer
13 Jan 2020, 14:09
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4205
Views: 193009

Re: When journalism goes bad

Where is that from?
by Jennifer
13 Jan 2020, 02:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)
Replies: 569
Views: 65638

Re: Dreams (not those crushed by the weight of unfulfilled life)

IRL I've been on a historical kick lately, watching a few World War Two documentaries (or at least having them on as background noise), and also re-reading my British World War Two ration-pamphlet collection books. Then I dreamt that I planned a backpacking vacation through London, but the travel ag...
by Jennifer
13 Jan 2020, 02:12
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 341786

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I think we should be figuring out how to live with a changing environment not trying for some mystical one with nature outlook. Those aren't the only two choices, though: we can work to adapt to changing environment in addition to finding ways to mitigate or undo the damage we've caused. Progress h...
by Jennifer
12 Jan 2020, 23:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4205
Views: 193009

Re: When journalism goes bad

Okay, mea culpa, I should've known better than to read something in Salon and yet I did anyway: " Against meal kits ." I guessed the argument would be an environmental one -- stop wasting all the resources and energy required for the individual packaging and daily deliveries, etc. -- but I was off-b...
by Jennifer
12 Jan 2020, 19:53
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 341786

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I'm no anarchocapitalist, but my default is to let markets deal with shit. The State should exist solely to safeguard the rights of the people. So, a judicial system, and a defense, and that's about it. I'm not going to say the State has no role in regulation. But I will observe that over regulatio...
by Jennifer
12 Jan 2020, 15:45
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: I don't wanna see that!!!!
Replies: 2585
Views: 118913

Re: I don't wanna see that!!!!

Ooh, I'm late to this party, but: I will probably watch Cats when it's on cable or some other free-to-me source, but even before I saw any reviews I had qualms when I heard they were going to do CGI for everything--IMO, that alone would be enough to doom the production even if the rest of the story ...
by Jennifer
12 Jan 2020, 15:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 341786

Re: Observations of the Random sort

My reaction was that I haven't paid attention to this guy in a decade or so, so I might be missing context, but that this just sounds like conservatism to me. Sane-ish, low-Jesus conservatism, but conservatism. Right down to the bit that most makes me wary, about how one of the biggest functions of...
by Jennifer
12 Jan 2020, 14:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

I no longer have any idea what people are arguing about or who is on which side, but I'd like to go on record here and say I disagree. Where Jason and I are concerned, I think the argument is over "Are there moral/ethical standards to which ALL nations are expected to adhere, or is there one set of...
by Jennifer
12 Jan 2020, 14:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8859
Views: 341786

Re: Observations of the Random sort

I'm no anarchocapitalist, but my default is to let markets deal with shit. The State should exist solely to safeguard the rights of the people. So, a judicial system, and a defense, and that's about it. I'm not going to say the State has no role in regulation. But I will observe that over regulatio...
by Jennifer
11 Jan 2020, 22:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Feeling no Pain
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Feeling no Pain

Further thought: even in first world, liberal-democratic nations there are plenty of dangerous people and situations best avoided, and plenty of times unpleasant emotions inspire you to possibly avoid them. For example: "It's night in the city, this is kind of a bad neighborhood, and I must walk hom...
by Jennifer
11 Jan 2020, 22:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Feeling no Pain
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Feeling no Pain

I wonder how well, or badly, this sort of character trait plays out for people in truly horrible situations -- not dealing with "first world problems" but, like, "I live in North Korea" or "I'm a Jew in Germany and the Nazis just seized power"? In physical terms, pain is a warning sign that somethin...
by Jennifer
11 Jan 2020, 20:43
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

So the reasoning is sulemani being in Iraq is not command and control no matter what he does. He is truly blessed. Would you have applied the same reasoning to Kissinger in regard to Vietnam and Cambodia? (Granted, Kissinger wasn't a commissioned military officer IIRC, but surely even you won't go ...
by Jennifer
11 Jan 2020, 16:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

I don't think anyone here has denied that a military officer is a valid target under all applicable rules. What some of us have asked is whether he's any more evil than his US counterparts running covert operations, sponsoring guerrilla proxies, and supporting insurgencies. I personally am also dee...
by Jennifer
11 Jan 2020, 13:00
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

I don't think anyone here has denied that a military officer is a valid target under all applicable rules. What some of us have asked is whether he's any more evil than his US counterparts running covert operations, sponsoring guerrilla proxies, and supporting insurgencies. I personally am also dee...
by Jennifer
10 Jan 2020, 19:28
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

Trump reportedly told associates he killed Qassem Soleimani because he was under pressure from GOP senators before his impeachment trial President Donald Trump told associates that he assassinated Iran's top military leader last week in part to appease Republican senators who will play a crucial ro...
by Jennifer
10 Jan 2020, 19:19
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

I was thinking more specifically about slaughtering Vietnamese to assuage our national ego with some killin of some commies in the Kissinger circumstance. As long as we theoretically could've brought him to justice or fixed the problem via elections, it doesn't matter that we didn't. We're legitima...
by Jennifer
10 Jan 2020, 14:25
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

since most people (and everyone at this forum) would rather live in today's Iran than today's US Think you made a typo. Either that or we need to revisit those old H&R threads on the terrorists forcing you into a burka. Oops! Correction made. IIRC, another one of Jason's justifications for "The US ...
by Jennifer
10 Jan 2020, 13:48
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Iran (so far away)
Replies: 874
Views: 40528

Re: Iran (so far away)

I’ve been ignoring it because it’s stupid and disregards quite a number of the arguments I’ve made. Which arguments, exactly? The closest you've come to making a "consistent" argument on the Soleimani v. Kissinger debate was perhaps that bit about how a country's treatment of its own people trumps ...